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2 hours ago, pdiddy said:

I’d be shocked if the family hadn’t adequately estate planned to make the tax a non issue regarding team ownership.

Presumably everybody learned from the Robbie family’s example.

 

As Frobby said, I don't think this is as easy as you make it out to be. Over the last decade, a few NFL owners have died and their teams had to be sold.

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Steve Biscotti is a billionaire that loves Baltimore. I'm sure he makes a fortune off the Ravens and could probably afford both the Orioles and Ravens.

I'm sure the Angelos family would make some agreement the team can't be moved. MLB wouldn't allow one of the top 3 stadiums in baseball to go vacant anyhow.

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3 hours ago, pdiddy said:

I’d be shocked if the family hadn’t adequately estate planned to make the tax a non issue regarding team ownership.

Presumably everybody learned from the Robbie family’s example.

 

How could they adequately prepare when no one knows how much the Orioles are worth or how much MASN is worth, and no one will know until the current dispute is resolved.

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1 hour ago, Dark Helmet said:

Steve Biscotti is a billionaire that loves Baltimore. I'm sure he makes a fortune off the Ravens and could probably afford both the Orioles and Ravens.

I'm sure the Angelos family would make some agreement the team can't be moved. MLB wouldn't allow one of the top 3 stadiums in baseball to go vacant anyhow.

I don't think NFL owners can own other sports teams. 

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1 hour ago, mdbdotcom said:

How could they adequately prepare when no one knows how much the Orioles are worth or how much MASN is worth, and no one will know until the current dispute is resolved.

Also who says they want to own a sports team.  Just take their hundreds of millions and live a life of leisure could be their goal 

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58 minutes ago, atomic said:

I don't think NFL owners can own other sports teams. 

Sure they can, as long as the teams are in the same market.  As I've posted before, Peter Angelos dropped out of the bidding on the Redskins, which went to Dan Snyder.  Angelos' argument then, and at the time of the Expos move, was that Baltimore-Washington is one market.

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On 8/6/2018 at 6:07 PM, ThomasTomasz said:

The Under Armour founder, Kevin Plank, has been rumored to be someone that could front a group.  When his company takes over the MLB jerseys next year, he should be even more flush with cash to help make an offer on the team.  

I imagine some others from out of state may be interested as well.  

Nike actually got the deal after UA inked it.

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On 8/6/2018 at 10:39 PM, Carllamy said:

Not to hijack the thread but:

Memorial Stadium was eliminated because it didn't have skyboxes to sell. It wasn't a money maker.

That said, along with a ton of history as a plus for keeping and a lack of money-making potential as the main reason for tearing down, I'm sure I'm not the only one who realized that Memorial Stadium was a mess, and they did every baseball fan a favor when they tore it down. And I'm sure that played a part in its removal as well.

Do you remember that place? Terrible seating all over the bowl - those tiny blue aluminum seats were the good ones. Remember the brown wooden seats? Disasters. And the aluminum bench seats along the outfield foul lines? The worst sound system - a pile of giant speakers in left center? You could hardly understand the announcers. The poles blocking sight lines. And the ingress/egress ramps, Good Lord! If I leave a packed game at Camden Yards maybe it takes me 10 minutes from the time I stand up in the Upper Deck to the time I walk out a Gate. I remember once as a kid standing for over 30 minutes just on the jam packed, steaming hot ramp while the sea of people tried to jam through the inadequate Gates. Can you imagine what would have happened if there was a fire at that time? They'd still be talking about that tragedy. And don't even get me started on the lack of bathrooms, or the vast majority of parking being on the other side of the cars zooming along 33rd Street just waiting to run you over. They could have filmed Deathrace 2000 after some of those night games, or a good game of Frogger.  And talking about parking lots, do you remember getting stuck in the parking lot at Camden Yards for over half an hour? Nope. Happened all the time in the main lot at Memorial Stadium, unless you were slick enough to park all the way in the back and slip out that tiny little exit back there.

I loved Memorial Stadium, and I loved seeing games there, but that wreck of an antique had to go for sooo many reasons.

Camden Yards is a Treasure next to that, and unless there is something about the money-making potential of newer type skyboxes or the like about which I am ignorant of, even if the O's move they'll keep the stadium and any new team would love to move right in.

And yet I still liked it more than Camden Yards. Guess it's a nostalgia thing.

I LOVED walking through the old neighborhood from the Alameda to a game. The peaceful atmosphere over homeless pandhandlers walking to Camden Yards. And there was never any trouble getting out after a game where we parked.

And the lines for food were not as long as they are now at Camden Yards under my experience.

 

It wasn't a "wreck" of a stadium. You have just been spoiled by the ammentiries of Camden. I had no trouble hearing the announcers or music from center field. I guess you were going deaf by then :)

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The only thing that was bad was sitting in seats that were blocked by posts. Thought the actual seats were fine. Didn't mind the bleachers in the outfield. 

 

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15 hours ago, Dark Helmet said:

Steve Biscotti is a billionaire that loves Baltimore. I'm sure he makes a fortune off the Ravens and could probably afford both the Orioles and Ravens.

I'm sure the Angelos family would make some agreement the team can't be moved. MLB wouldn't allow one of the top 3 stadiums in baseball to go vacant anyhow.

If your realistic, the problem with a current MLB moving is there is no where to go that has a MLB quality stadium in place.  The only city close is Montreal that has 40 year old Olympic Stadium, but that is not going to have sky boxes, club seats, etc.  The Athletics can move because they have just been looking to stay in the general area, San Jose, Sacramento etc.  They could play in Oakland while a stadium is built.  Every other team, not so much.

Expansion teams are different, they can be awarded with a plan to start play in 2 to 3 years while the stadium is built. 

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